At least two of the victims are in critical condition, as the attack took places near the former offices of Charlie Hebdo
Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris Friday near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
At least two of the victims were in a critical condition with life-threatening injuries, the Paris police department said. One suspect has been arrested near the Bastille plaza in eastern Paris but a further suspect is still on the run, according to police.
Police sources have set up a security cordon around the offices and a suspect package has been identified, according to reports from Reuters.
The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives.
A police operation is ongoing in northeastern district of Paris, with local authorities asking people to avoid the area.
Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire also said on Twitter that police was looking for a potentially dangerous individual.
Jean Castex, the French Prime Minister, is reportedly heading to the ‘Crisis Room’ at the Interior Ministry to follow developments, cutting short a trip to a suburb north of Paris.
The attack comes in the wake of multiple death threats made against Charlie Hebdo employees. The head of Human Resources said earlier this week she was given “10 minutes” to leave her home after police received credible death threats.